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politician Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a leader engaged in civil administration
  2. noun a person active in party politics
    pol; political leader; politico.
  3. noun a schemer who tries to gain advantage in an organization in sly or underhanded ways

Pol`i*ti"cian noun
Cf. F. politicien.
  1. One versed or experienced in the science of government; one devoted to politics; a statesman.
    While empiric politicians use deceit. Dryden.
  2. One primarily devoted to his own advancement in public office, or to the success of a political party; -- used in a depreciatory sense; one addicted or attached to politics as managed by parties (see Politics, 2); a schemer; an intriguer; as, a mere politician.
    Like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not. Shak.
    The politician . . . ready to do anything that he apprehends for his advantage. South.
Pol`i*ti"cian adjective
  1. Cunning; using artifice; politic; artful. "Ill-meaning politician lords." Milton.

Webster 1913